CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - The government failed to meet one of its two stated goals for Operation Lead Shield in the Gaza Strip, namely to stop Palestinian rocket fire on southern Israeli communities.
By 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning, six Kassam rockets hit Sderot, plunging some residents into despair.
Rachel Ben-Yaish, 66, who grew up, married and raised children in Sderot, looked around her upscale dress shop and cried for the first time since the start of the Gaza operation.
"Where can I go?" she asked Jerusalem Post correspondent Shelly Paz through her tears. "I can't start over at my age, and it doesn't seem like the rocket-firing will ever stop," she said.
"I opened the store because they said it was over, but nothing is over and I need to have something to pay for my food," she said.
"I don't ask anything else -- just to go to the grocery store with a little bit of pride," she said, tears escaping from the corner of her eyes.
"No one buys this kind of clothing these days. I have an inventory of nearly $200,000, and I have no money to buy food," she said.
Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, who spoke with reporters from the city's police station Sunday morning, encouraged residents to remain strong in the face of continuing rocket attacks.
"It's not over," Netanyahu said, referring to the ongoing rocket attacks.
"It is clear Hamas is still here, and we have to remove the threat," he said.
"We must show strength, just as the residents of Sderot have demonstrated strength over the past years," the Likud chairman said.
The first polls following the government's announcement of a unilateral cease-fire Saturday evening continue to give Likud a sizable lead in the national elections to be held in three weeks.
Source: The Jerusalem Post